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Anthem of the Seas, naming ceremony – 20th April 2015

Naming Ceremony

It is often though strange that something that weighs 167,800 tonnes and could carry up to 4900 passengers would be too big and too ugly for sailing on the oceans around the world.

There was a time when I would agree with this thought. But now I have to applaud “very loudly” the designers and the creators of the new magnificent ship Anthem of the Seas.

I counted the other day, and to date I have now seen over 57 ships. I have seen the smallest and sea and have been lucky enough to have been on the world largest ship, also owned by Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas. Anthem sits in the Quantum class category with Royal Caribbean and has a sister ship called Quantum of the Seas.

The UK is exceptionally lucky as for its maiden year, she will be sailing from Southampton.

Now let me tell you a little about how I fell in love all over again.
I am not sure which of the new and exciting “entertainment” concepts that I liked the most.
For me it is the fact that each time you open a door, climb a stair case, come around a corner or open a lift you are faced with another element on the ship that simply makes you go WOW. This ships is completely FULL of WOW factor.
I was excited to have been on bumper cars at sea, to have traversed in the very unique North Star. How incredible to be on a ship and to be taken high into the sky to experience views of the ship below and indeed the open seas. Quite a surreal experience. I loved having a drink order, mixed and served by a robot! Technology at its best and I have to admit to feeling like a child as I admired and giggled at the thought of something so space agey was happening to me!

Robots Arm RCI_NorthStar_Side_5K_No_Antenna_EXT (2) Dodgems

I have to admit we watched the many passengers enjoying a sky diving experience out in the ocean on again the unique IFLY. I watched in awe as the youngsters enjoyed flow riding, roller skating and rock climbing. I thought the idea to have the tennis courts/basketball courts and many other sporting facilities under cover was excellent. Fabulous use of space.

Flow Rider

As we were only the ship for two days, we didn’t have time to partake in the many different exercise classes offered in the well-equipped gym, we didn’t use the fantastic running track and we didn’t even play in the fad H20 water fun area for the children. Well that’s my excuse anyway!

Royal Caribbean claim to have taken entertainment to a whole new level, and I could not think of a better way to describe what they have done. Bold and beautiful!

Gigi

The spa and hair salon were well designed and offered a huge range of services.

Before I leave the entertainment, I have to tell you. We saw the We Will Rock You performance. Well I have seen this stage in the West End in London and in Germany’s version of this, and the production I saw on board was better than both of these. Totally brilliant.

The comedian we saw in the Vistarama was brilliant and a great room to allow them to take in all the audience. I loved the innovative way the long glass panels that sweep from floor to ceiling and provide breath taking views during the day, are turned into scenes to suit the production on offer. Very clever.

The pool areas on board were better than any I have ever seen at sea. So much indoor relaxation areas, with many pool and plenty of sun beds.

And now to food. Where does one start. So many restaurants to choose from.
I have to confess I did have a first choice, the Silk restaurant just looked so stylish and inviting for all of us that love Far Eastern food. But if I am honest I would struggle with a week on board as to which restaurants I would eat in. On offer you have everything from fine “healthy” dining to classic American bugger bars! I found the food to be of an extremely high standard. If I was taking children on board I would have to give them a treat and take them to Wonderland…A real theatrical experience in both the ambience and indeed the food.

I feel I could go on for days about what is on the ship, casino’s, the shopping, the photo galleries, art studio’s, music hall/concert rooms, themed bars, libraries, vintage wine bars, spectra’s cabaret, comedy showcases, 80’s tribute bands, circus open flying trapeze, roller disco and there is so much more. But I think you get the picture.

Sculpture

I haven’t mentioned the cabins. I loved them. Nice and spacious and well planned out with plenty of storage space. I think if you have the money the balcony cabins are well worth it. However do take a look at the virtual inside cabins, where there is a live web cam to the outside… another great innovation.

Cabiin

All in all I think you can tell by my blog that I simply LOVED the ship. I would definitely travel on this cruise and would encourage anyone who is even thinking about it to DO IT you won’t regret it. Maybe you want to find out more, just give me or Lorraine a ring, but don’t call if you don’t want to go as once you have spoken to us you will want to go.

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